NOROVIRUS

Shiryl Carter 9/22/14 Bell #2

WHAT IS NOROVIRUS?

Norovirus is a very contagious virus. It can spread by contaminated food or water, infected people, or by contaminated surfaces. You can have norovirus many times in your life. This illness can be serious to young children and older adults.

SYMPTOMS

Norovirus cause acute gastroenteritis which is an inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both. Most people get better within 1-3 days.


Most common symptoms are:

- Diarreah

- Throwing up

- Nausea

- Stomach pain

- Fever

- Headache

- Body aches

PREVENTION MEASURES & TREATMENT

Ways to prevent Norovirus:


- Practice proper hand hygiene

- Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly

- When sick do not prepare food or care for others who are sick

- Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces

- Wash laundry thoroughly


Treatment:


There is no specific medicine to treat people with norovirus illness. Norovirus infection cannot be treated with antibiotics because it is a viral infecton. If you have norovirus illness, you should drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost from throwing up and diarrhea. This helps prevent dehydration.

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